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Registered Nurses (Developmental Disability) provide nursing care to people with intellectual and development disabilities in a range of health, welfare and community settings.


  • assesses, plans, implements and evaluates nursing care for patients according to accepted nursing practice and standards
  • works in consultation with other health professionals and members of health teams, and co-ordinating the care of patients
  • provides interventions, treatments and therapies such as medications, and monitors responses to treatment and care plans
  • promotes health and assists in preventing ill health by participating in health education and other health promotion activities
  • answers questions and providing information to patients and families about treatment and care
  • supervises and co-ordinates the work of enrolled nurses and other health care workers.


  • physically demanding
  • stressful.

To become a Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)

  • You usually need a bachelor degree in nursing and specialist experience to work as a Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability).

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  • Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is required.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Home Care

  • First Aid

  • Stakeholder Management

  • Budgeting

  • Child Protection

  • Care Planning

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